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Aqueous Gears Up For Headlining Denver Show

first_imgAqueous is on a tear right now. The Buffalo-based groove-rock quartet is hot off two fiery sets at Summer Camp Music Festival, where the band debuted an Oystertune cover, “Pseudo Suicide”, and invited moe.‘s Vinnie Amico to join them during a cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train”. Following upcoming appearances at Disc Jam Music Festival (6/7) and Mountain Music Festival (5/31), Aqueous will shift gears to a more intimate setting, performing a headlining show at Denver’s Bluebird Theater on June 9th.Fans are eager to see Aqueous headline the Bluebird, particularly given the past year they’ve had. As previously reported,Aqueous has been taking the live music space by storm over the past year. The group has been touring nationally in support of heavyweights like Umphrey’s McGee, moe., and Papadosio, as well as playing numerous national and regional music festivals like The Peach Music Festival and Summer Camp Music Festival. They’ve certainly played shows in Colorado—like last year’s inaugural Canyon Jam at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre and a support slot during UM’s most recent New Year’s run at Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium—but Aqueous has yet to headline their very own high-profile show at one of the city’s historic venues. On June 9th, Aqueous will finally headline a Denver venue in their own right, taking over the historic Bluebird Theater. For the upcoming performance, the band will be joined by Colorado’s own Evanoff, a trio that blends analog and digital sounds to create a style they call “dream rock.”“Denver is by far one of AQ’s favorite cities to play music in; Colorado just seems to totally get it, and some of our favorite sets of the past year have gone down out there,” shared guitarist and vocalist Mike Gantzer in March. “We’re gonna go really big for this Bluebird show, and we can’t wait to rage properly with the CO fans on this one!”Tickets for Aqueous’ headlining performance at Denver’s Bluebird Theater on June 9th can be purchased here. For more information about the Bluebird Theater performance or any of Aqueous’ other upcoming shows, head to the band’s website.last_img read more

Asian Allure aims to debunk conceptions about culture

first_imgThe Asian American Association of Notre Dame will host Asian Allure, its annual showcase celebrating Asian culture and heritage, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Washington Hall. This year’s show includes traditional songs, dances and a fashion show.“Asian Allure is a multicultural performance where we gather and unite all of the Asian cultural clubs together to perform different acts — whether it’s a dance or a song — that highlight unique elements about their culture,” senior and president of the Asian American Association Sid Magdaong said. Observer File Photo Students perform a dance for Asian Allure in 2014. This year’s program aims to address misconceptions about Asian culture.While there are several, more specific cultural clubs, the Asian American Association (AAA) is a conglomerate of all of these clubs. Senior Alyssa Ngo, director of the show, said Asian Allure is an opportunity for the cultural clubs to come together and celebrate Asian culture in general.“There’s a number of different clubs [within the Asian American Association],” Ngo said. “Most of the clubs, since they’re more specific to their student demographic, they do most of their own events. … A lot of the events that [the Asian American Association] usually puts on are mostly social events or events for us like a movie watch or food or things like that. So there’s not that many events that the clubs put on for not just us. … In terms of events that we put on that wider campus audience and other people can come see what AAA is about — this is it.”This year’s theme is “Behind the Curtain,” which seeks to dispel common misconceptions about Asian culture, Ngo said.“Behind the Curtain is a play on the show theme — we’re all on stage behind the curtain,” she said. “The reason why Asian Allure is called ‘Asian Allure’ is because we recognize that to a Western audience the Asian continent is kind of mysterious — it’s mystery, it’s exotic, it’s foreign — this is allure. I wanted to express the show is this demystification of Asian culture, to kind of pull back the curtain and say, ‘This is what we’re really about and here are some things that you didn’t know about Asian culture, here are some things that maybe you thought you knew but you actually didn’t.’”Ngo said Asian Allure provides members with the opportunity to share their culture with their non-Asian friends.“A lot of people really look forward to it every year,” she said. “It’s meant a lot to a lot of people as the thing to invite other friends who are outside of the [Asian] community to say, ‘This is what I do, these are my people, this is my culture.’”For many members of the Asian American Association, sharing Asian culture with the campus through Asian Allure is one of the best parts of their year, Magdaong said.“Asian Allure is one of my favorite events that our organization puts on every year,” he said. “It’s really amazing to see all these different clubs gather for two nights this week where they can just showcase these parts of their culture that are very important to them and letting the audience and the broader Notre Dame community know more about that. I just think that’s fantastic.”Tags: Asian Allure, Asian American, Asian American Association, Asian Heritage, Behind the Curtainlast_img read more

Expanding the data

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaMonique Leclerc is testing a theory that could turn the science of carbon measuring on its ear. If her theory proves true, it could have far-reaching implications from Wall Street to the rain forests.”For more than a decade, I’ve studied the exchange of carbon between ecosystems and the atmosphere. The approach now considered our method of choice ‘par excellence’ needs substantial rethinking,” said Leclerc, a University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences biometeorologist.”The current model of quasi-ad-hoc carbon-exchange monitoring stations limits in-depth studies,” she said, “particularly for large terrestrial ecosystems, including forests, wetlands and grasslands ecosystems that cover a large portion of the Earth’s surface.”Expanding the way data on carbon sequestering is gathered could drastically change the common carbon sequestration estimates from terrestrial ecosystems that feed into local and regional assessments, mitigation and remediation and even the basis for carbon credits traded on international markets.To improve the data collection system in the southeastern United States, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded $900,000 to Leclerc and colleagues at the Savannah River National Laboratory and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.The group will harness cutting-edge technologies to generate new information about the carbon cycle. “This will give us more solid, valid data,” Leclerc said. Our lab “has an excellent existing infrastructure and sees a genuine opportunity to refine our understanding, measurement methods and protocols of data analysis associated with the magnitude of carbon uptake by terrestrial ecosystems,” she said.The data will be entered into regional models. This will enable scientists to create more accurate simulations of how the climate changes. “This also tells us how well our proposed or enacted solutions are working out,” she said.Leclerc plans to work literally day and night. She plans to test her theory on reasons behind the inadequacy of the current methods to determine the amount of gases exchanged between the surfaces (forests, agriculture, cities) and the atmosphere.”Plants don’t stop working at night,” she said. “We need to measure accurately the amount of carbon dioxide given off at night by the vegetation. Between 40 percent and 60 percent of the net carbon exchange between the forests or crops and the atmosphere happens (at night).”My greatest hope is that this project will help us get a more reliable picture of the amount of net carbon sequestered on a daily, seasonal and annual basis,” she said.Central to their project is the creation of a unique carbon flux super site at the SRNL near Augusta. Scientists agree that this area is one of the most productive regions of the U.S. and accounts for 48 percent of the carbon uptake in the country.At Leclerc’s latest site, “many towers and an excellent infrastructure, coupled with a fine group of scientists, have played in our favor,” she said. “But where these tall towers are placed is as critical as the interpretation of the data collected on them.” Leclerc is particularly interested in the coupling between atmospheric ‘rivers’ of fast-moving air hundreds of meters above the surface and how they impact and skew the interpretation of the nighttime CO2-atmosphere exchange.Researchers think that measurements at this new location add value to the international and national monitoring networks. It fills the information gap for the highly productive region of the U.S. on the net ecosystem exchange between the existing flux-monitoring stations at Duke University and sites in Florida.last_img read more

Holiday Safety

first_imgThe holiday season is a great time for families to get together to decorate and celebrate. If celebrating is a family affair, safety can be too.University of Georgia Cooperative Extension recommends delegating safety responsibilities to different family members so no one person spends has to spend the holiday season as the safety Grinch. Delegating safety roles can help spread the burden of holiday-season tasks and help everyone feel included in holiday preparations.  One person in the household should cover each of the tasks below. If you have a small household, you can double-up on assignments.Appoint a “safety captain.”This person should oversee the walkway and porches to make sure they are safe for the guests and delivery people. Job duties might include:Removing leaves, twigs or other debris from the walkways and porches.Making sure outdoor lighting along pathways and on the porch is in working order.Securing extension cords so they do not present a trip or fall hazard.Commission a “keeper of the light.”This person is in charge of the candles, decorative lighting and fireplaces. Job duties might include:Making certain no candles are burning and that decorative lights are unplugged when everyone goes to bed or leaves the house.Checking the batteries in the carbon monoxide (CO) detector or installing a CO detector if the home does not have one.Keeping the area around fireplaces free from all types of combustibles. Try to keep things at least three feet from the fireplace.Empower the “keeper of the tree.”This person is in charge of the tree. Job duties might include:Keeping the tree watered if it is a live tree.Making sure all portable heaters are at least three feet away from the tree.Monitoring electrical cords to make sure pets have not chewed on them.Picking up decorations and ornaments that fall or are knocked off the tree.For more information about keeping homes safe during the holidays, visit www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/home.last_img read more

Make cybersecurity part of your credit union’s fabric

first_imgIn today’s ever-present cyber threat environment, financial institutions are frequent targets.Credit unions continue to fall victim to a variety of cyberattacks, including malware infections, phishing scams, denial-of-service attacks, cryptojacking, and ransomware.These attacks not only cause monetary losses, they can also contribute to a loss of trust between the credit union and its members.Cybersecurity is one of the most dynamic risks for organizations to manage. And unfortunately, only 42% believe their company is effective at managing cybersecurity, according to Deloitte. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Fujifilm says significantly boosts capacity for COVID-19 treatment Avigan

first_imgJapan’s Fujifilm said it has expanded manufacturing capacity to “significantly increase” production of its anti-flu drug Avigan that is being tested as a treatment for COVID-19.Fujifilm expects to increase the production of Avigan up to 100,000 treatment courses by July 2020, about 2.5 times more compared to the beginning of March when the company first began its current production run, and then to 300,000 by September, it said in a statement on Wednesday.Fujifilm is allocating additional capacity at its Fujifilm Wako Pure Chemical facility in Japan to produce the ingredients used to make Avigan. The company has also made partnerships with domestic and overseas companies for manufacturing processes and the production of raw ingredients.Fujifilm is conducting clinical trials of Avigan on patients of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in Japan and the United States.Topics :last_img read more

Marcus Rashford reacts to former Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal’s retirement news

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 Mar 2019 6:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link777Shares Rashford scored four goals in his first two games for United (Picture: Getty)‘I am a pensioner now. I have no ambition to be a technical director or a TV pundit,’ Van Gaal told Dutch TV show VTBL.ADVERTISEMENT‘My wife Truus gave up her job for me 22 years ago, and followed me when I went abroad. I told her I would quit as a coach when I turned 55, but instead kept going until I was 65.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘She is entitled to have a life with me outside of football. I can say she is very happy.’While winning the FA Cup was the highlight of Van Gaal’s managerial career at United, he also gave Rashford his debut against Midtjylland in the Europa League back in February 2016.The striker scored in twice in game, contributing to the eventual 5-1 scoreline over the Danish side.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsBut more notably, the England international made his Premier League debut against Arsenal three days later and he again scored twice in a 3-2 victory.The 21-year-old took to Twitter after hearing the news, thanking the 67-year-old for giving him his debut back in 2016.Thank you for opening the door & trusting in me. Enjoy retirement boss 👌🏾 pic.twitter.com/OqrEodNlz0— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) March 11, 2019 Van Gaal also managed Ajax and Barcelona in his career (Picture: Getty)Marcus Rashford has publicly thanked former manager Louis van Gaal following the Dutchman’s recent retirement from the sport.Van Gaal announced his retirement nearly three years after leaving his position as the manager of Manchester United.During his spell at Old Trafford, he won the FA Cup along with racking up 54 wins in 103 games in charge.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Marcus Rashford reacts to former Man Utd manager Louis van Gaal’s retirement news Rashford has scored a total of 43 goals for United so far in his career.The club’s next fixture is against Wolves in the FA Cup on March 16.MORE: Maitland-Niles hails Arsenal team spirit after victory over Man UtdWill Rashford ever win the Premier League with United?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultscenter_img Comment Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs COVID-19 Disaster Declaration to Provide Increased Support for State Response

first_img March 06, 2020 Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol- based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.Cover any coughs or sneezes with their elbow, not their hands.Contain – If someone is sick, they should stay home until they are feeling better.In addition to the emergency disaster declaration to date the Wolf Administration has:Activated of the Department of Health’s Emergency Operations Center to allow for enhanced response coordination;Began testing for COVID-19 at the state laboratory;Maintained communication and outreach with federal, state and local partners;Provided symptom monitoring for residents returning from areas impacted by coronavirus;Provided health care providers, businesses and education providers with information;Reviewed and adapted current pandemic flu plans to prepare for spread of COVID-19;Increased testing capacity to test 20 to 25 individuals daily;Purchased equipment to increase testing capacity to 125 to 150 individuals within a day.Partially activated the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center at PEMA. Gov. Wolf Signs COVID-19 Disaster Declaration to Provide Increased Support for State Response SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Read the emergency disaster declaration as a PDF or on Scribd.2020.3.6 COVID19 Digital Pr… by Governor Tom Wolf on ScribdFor more information on coronavirus visit the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.Text Below:PROCLAMATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCYMarch 6, 2020WHEREAS, a novel coronavirus (now known as “COVID-19”) emerged in Wuhan, China, began infecting humans in December 2019, and has since spread to 89 countries, including the United States; andWHEREAS, the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) have declared COVID-19 a “public health emergency of international concern,” and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Secretary has declared that COVID-19 creates a public health emergency; andWHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (“Commonwealth”) has been working in collaboration with the CDC, HHS, and local health agencies since December 2019 to monitor and plan for the containment and subsequent mitigation of COVID-19; andWHEREAS, on February 1, 2020, the Commonwealth’s Department of Health activated its Department Operations Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters to conduct public health and medical coordination for COVID-19 throughout the Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, on March 4, 2020, the Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency ordered the activation of its Commonwealth Response Coordination Center in support of the Department of Health’s Department Operations Center, to maintain situational awareness and coordinate the response to any potential COVID-19 impacts across the Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, as of March 6, 2020, there are 233 confirmed and/or presumed positive cases of COVID-19 in the United States, including 2 presumed positive cases in the Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, while it is anticipated that a high percentage of those affected by COVID-19 will experience mild influenza-like symptoms, COVID-19 is a disease capable of causing severe symptoms or loss of life, particularly to older populations and those individuals with pre-existing conditions; andWHEREAS, it is critical to prepare for and respond to suspected or confirmed cases in the Commonwealth and to implement measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19; andWHEREAS, with 2 presumed positive cases in the Commonwealth as of March 6, 2020, the possible increased threat from COVID-19 constitutes a threat of imminent disaster to the health of the citizens of the Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, this threat of imminent disaster and emergency has the potential to cause significant adverse impacts upon the population throughout the Commonwealth; andWHEREAS, this threat of imminent disaster and emergency has already caused schools to close, and will likely prompt additional local measures, including affected county and municipal governments to declare local disaster emergencies because of COVID-19; andWHEREAS, this threat of imminent disaster and emergency situation throughout the Commonwealth is of such magnitude and severity as to render essential the Commonwealth’s supplementation of emergency resources and mutual aid to the county and municipal governments of this Commonwealth and to require the activation of all applicable state, county, and municipal emergency response plans.NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to the provisions of Subsection 7301(c) of the Emergency Management Services Code, 35 Pa. C.S. § 7101, et seq., I do hereby proclaim the existence of a disaster emergency throughout the Commonwealth.FURTHER, I hereby authorize the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director or his designee, to assume command and control of all statewide emergency operations and authorize and direct that all Commonwealth departments and agencies utilize all available resources and personnel as is deemed necessary to cope with this emergency situation.FURTHER, I hereby transfer up to $5,000,000 in unused appropriated funds to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for Emergency Management Assistance Compact expenses related to this emergency, to be decreased as conditions require, pursuant to the provisions of section 7604(a) of the Emergency Management Services Code, 35 Pa. C.S. § 7604(a). In addition, I hereby transfer up to $20,000,000 in unused appropriated funds, to be decreased as conditions require, to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency pursuant to section 1508 of the Act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.343, No. 176) (the Fiscal Code), 72 P.S. § 1508. The aforementioned funds shall be used for expenses authorized and incurred related to this emergency. These funds shall be credited to a special account established by the Office of the Budget. I hereby direct that any funds transferred herein that remain unused after all costs related to this emergency have been satisfied shall be returned to the General Fund.FURTHER, All Commonwealth agencies purchasing supplies or services in response to this emergency are authorized to utilize emergency procurement procedures set forth in Section 516 of the Commonwealth Procurement Code, 62 Pa. C.S. § 516. This Proclamation shall serve as the written determination of the basis for the emergency under Section 516.FURTHER, I hereby suspend the provisions of any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of Commonwealth business, or the orders, rules or regulations of any Commonwealth agency, if strict compliance with the provisions of any statute, order, rule or regulation would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this emergency. Commonwealth agencies may implement emergency assignments without regard to procedures required by other laws, except mandatory constitutional requirements, pertaining to performance of public work, entering into contracts, incurring of obligations, employment of temporary workers, rental of equipment, purchase of supplies and materials, and expenditures of public funds.FURTHER, pursuant to the powers vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth pursuant to 51 Pa. C.S. § 508, I hereby authorize the Adjutant General of Pennsylvania to place on state active duty for the duration of the emergency disaster proclamation, such individuals and units of the Pennsylvania National Guard, for missions designated by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, as are needed to address the consequences of the aforementioned emergency.FURTHER, I authorize the Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police to use all available resources and personnel in whatever manner he deems necessary during this emergency to assist the actions of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency in addressing the consequences of the emergency.FURTHER, I hereby authorize the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, in her sole discretion, to suspend or waive any provision of law or regulation which the Pennsylvania Department of Health is authorized by law to administer or enforce, for such length of time as may be necessary to respond to this emergency.FURTHER, I hereby authorize the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Education, in his sole discretion, to suspend or waive any provision of law or regulation which the Pennsylvania Department of Education is authorized by law to administer or enforce, for such length of time as may be necessary to respond to this emergency.FURTHER, if investigations made on my behalf determine that the Commonwealth needs greater flexibility in the application of state and federal motor carrier regulations to accommodate truck drivers involved in emergency activities during this emergency, I hereby direct the Commonwealth Department of Transportation to waive or suspend any laws or federal or state regulations related to the drivers of commercial vehicles.FURTHER, I hereby direct that the applicable emergency response and recovery plans of the Commonwealth, counties, municipalities and other entities be activated as necessary and that actions taken to implement those plans be coordinated through the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.STILL FURTHER, I hereby urge the governing bodies and executive officers of all political subdivisions affected by this emergency to act as necessary to meet the current exigencies as legally authorized under this Proclamation, namely, by the employment of temporary workers, by the rental of equipment, and by entering into such contracts and agreements as may be required to meet the emergency, all without regard to those time consuming procedures and formalities normally prescribed by law, mandatory constitutional requirement excepted.GIVEN under my hand and the Seal of the Governor, at the City of Harrisburg, this sixth day of March in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Commonwealth the two hundred and forty fourth.TOM WOLFGovernor Press Release,  Public Health Following a press conference announcing the first two presumptive positive cases of coronavirus, known as COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf today signed an emergency disaster declaration to provide increased support to state agencies involved in the response to the virus.“It’s imperative that we continue to respond quickly and accurately to the coronavirus and its introduction into Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “First and foremost, we want all Pennsylvanians to be safe and remain healthy and follow the practical advice of the Department of Health on ways to protect yourself from any virus and that’s by washing hands, covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and staying home if you are sick.“It is critical to prepare for and respond to suspected or confirmed cases in the commonwealth and to implement measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The disaster declaration is an additional way we can be prepared, so I authorized the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director or his designee, to assume command and control of all statewide emergency operations and authorize and direct that all commonwealth departments and agencies use all available resources and personnel as is deemed necessary to cope with this emergency situation.”The disaster declaration follows the Department of Health’s activation of its Department Operations Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s headquarters to conduct public health and medical coordination for COVID-19 throughout the commonwealth and the governor’s announcement earlier this morning about two presumptive positive cases in Pennsylvania.The one individual is an adult from Wayne County; the other is an adult from Delaware County.To date, there are nearly 100,000 cases worldwide, including more than 3,300 deaths. There are 233 cases and 12 deaths to date in the United States. The CDC expects cases to continue to be confirmed in the upcoming days and weeks but wants everyone to take action to help prevent the spread of the virus. CDC also said due to the rapidly changing nature of the spread of COVID-19 around the world, it is important for families to be prepared.Individuals who intend on traveling outside of the United States are urged to check the CDC’s and the federal Department of State’s travel guidance. Currently there are outbreaks of COVID-19 occurring within numerous countries across the world. The number of countries seeing new cases has increased significantly over the last week.“As this situation evolves, we will continually update Pennsylvanians through our website, health.pa.gov, our Facebook page and our Twitter account,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “It’s important to remember that the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through the Department of Health.”Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. Individuals most at risk for severe symptoms include elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.Anyone who does not feel well should:last_img read more

Suburban dream can be yours

first_img41 Springbrook Parade in Idalia is for sale for $540,000.WHEN Margaret Hay first embarked on building her Idalia home there wasn’t a neighbour in sight.Fast forward 12 years and Fairfield Waters is now a bustling hive of activity and one of Townsville’s most popular suburbs with Fairfield Central, The Precinct and Murray Sporting Complex on residents’ doorsteps.After building her dream home in 2005 and choosing everything from the carpet to the colour scheme and layout, Mrs Hay and her husband Phil Hay are saying goodbye to their much loved home and listing it for sale for $540,000. 41 Springbrook Parade in Idalia is for sale for $540,000.When the couple first moved in to their newly built home their son had already moved out while their daughter was aged 14.The upper level of the home became her own teenager’s retreat comprising of a living area, two bedrooms and a bathroom. Ms Hay said she would love to have another family snap up the home.“We’ve had some great times in this house. It’s a happy house,” she said.“I’ve made some fabulous food in the kitchen and the patio has been fabulous.” 41 Springbrook Parade in Idalia is for sale for $540,000.Mrs Hay said there wasn’t a better place to live in Townsville and despite everyone warning her against building the two-storey home when the masterplanned community was nothing more than a plan on paper she is glad she had faith in the suburb.“The location is fabulous and I love to walk my dog every single day around the lake because it’s so picturesque and everyone waves to each other,” she said.“We have retirees living here, young couples with babies and families, so it’s really across the board and it’s always so peaceful and quiet here.“There was no-one around us when we first built, it was just bare and there was no shops and people kept asking us why we came here.“I said ‘you wait, Fairfield will end up being the spot.” 41 Springbrook Parade in Idalia is for sale for $540,000.The home is set on a fully fenced 693sq m block.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020It has four bedrooms, three with built-in while the master has an ensuite bathroom and “his and hers” wardrobe.The chef’s kitchen has Caesar stone bench tops, soft touch drawers, dishwasher and quality appliances.The entire home is air conditioned and the ceiling has double insulation keeping the home cool in summer.center_img 41 Springbrook Parade in Idalia is for sale for $540,000.There is also a double car remote-controlled garage and off street parking for four cars.The kitchen was upgraded two years ago.The patio was also extended and now measures a huge 6m by 7m.There is also plenty of room to build a pool or extend the home with Mrs Hay having plans drawn up to add another bedroom and ensuite. 41 Springbrook Parade in Idalia is for sale for $540,000.RE/MAX Excellence Townsville selling agent Loretta Fabbro said she had already received strong interest from buyers.“It’s on a corner block and people love corner positions so you can have side-gate access because a lot of people these days have boats or caravans,” she said.“The quality of the home is really high and it was completely repainted last year.”last_img read more

Child, Youth and Family ‘failings’ exposed over Southland toddler’s death

first_imgStuff co.nz 13 June 2017Family First Comment: We’ve changed the name of the organization – but will that really make any difference?“The review highlighted poor communication within CYF and with other agencies… It was noted that whilst agencies and individuals considered in this review ‘shared’ concerns, there was less evidence of them sharing responsibility for considering what these concerns could mean and how best to manage a response. The review listed six recommendations for changes at CYF, which was replaced by the Ministry for Vulnerable Children… “The challenge will be getting the number of staff and also the quality of staff,” she said, particularly in their ability to exercise professional judgement “in areas of risk and ambiguity”.A review of Child, Youth and Family has exposed a host of mistakes and oversights in its handling of the case of a toddler who was allegedly murdered in October 2015.The 17-month-old Southland boy was found dead in his cot. An autopsy revealed bruises to the boy’s left eye and the right side of his forehead. He had suffered a blow to the back of the head and spinal injuries.Police charged the partner of the boy’s mother with murder three days later. He died at Otago Corrections Facility – a suspected suicide – on November 22.The man had been arrested for dangerous driving, burglary, assault and car theft several months earlier.He was initially refused bail, because his risk of offending was too high. However, it was eventually granted two weeks before the toddler died. The judge in part cited a Child, Youth and Family (CYF) report that “speaks favourably of [the man] and the steps that he and his partner have taken in relation to their relationship and to her care – until recently – of the children”.“It was a significant tragedy,” Ministry for Vulnerable Children chief executive Grainne Moss said. “There’s no doubt that there was a failing and we need to accept that, own it, and say that we’re going to make it better in the future.”The ministry review found CYF was aware of a long history of parenting, childcare and relationship issues in the toddler’s family, but the information was not properly considered in the weeks before his death.The report CYF provided to the court on the bail application was outside its usual remit, the review said, and failed to account for the risks involved.The review highlighted poor communication within CYF and with other agencies, particularly around the toddler’s hospital stay less than a week before he died and the risks in discharging him back home.“[The boy] had sustained a number of injuries including one of some severity and there remained a lack of clear explanation for these . . . there was a known history of concerns about the adults responsible for his care.“It was noted that whilst agencies and individuals considered in this review ‘shared’ concerns, there was less evidence of them sharing responsibility for considering what these concerns could mean and how best to manage a response.”“Consequently, the purpose and format of the report, and the process for approving the draft report requested of Child, Youth and Family, was ambiguous and unclear . . . In hindsight, the report request should have been queried with the Courts.”The review listed six recommendations for changes at CYF, which was replaced by the Ministry for Vulnerable Children. The ministry released a plan to implement them by 2018.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/93621525/child-youth-and-family-failings-exposed-over-southland-toddlers-deathlast_img read more